Doctorís Office Quickie

Scene: A doctorís office or surgery. The doctor is sitting at his desk. There is a sign on the desk which says DR BROWN MD. The doctor is holding a telephone to his ear.

Dr: HELLO, THIS IS DR BROWN OF KING STREET CLINIC; CAN YOU PUT ME THROUGH TO DR WEISMAN PLEASE? THANK YOU. (Pause) DR WEISMAN? HELLO HERMAN, THIS IS PHIL. OH NOT TOO BAD. YOU? GOOD. LISTEN, IíVE JUST HAD ONE OF MY PATIENTS COME TO SEE ME; HE WAS VERY DISTRESSED. HE THINKS SOMEONEíS TRYING TO KILL HIM. WHO? WELL, EVERYBODY. HE SAYS THEREíS A CONSPIRACY AGAINST HIM, AN INTERNATIONAL CONSPIRACY. (Pause). WELL, I TOLD HIM THAT I COULDNíT HELP HIM (pause - then merrily) BUT I KNOW A MAN WHO CAN. (Pause) WELL, IíM NOT QUALIFIED TO SAY BUT IT SEEMS TO ME LIKE ACUTE PARANOIA, PROBABLY BROUGHT ON BY OVERWORK. (Pause) YES (takes a pen and begins writing, speaking slowly) ELEVEN THIRTY, WEDNESDAY THE TWELFTH. STONE HILL HOSPITAL. SUITE THREE. RIGHT. (Stops writing and talks normally) FINE, IíLL GIVE HIM A RING THIS AFTERNOON. HIS NAME? RUSHDIE, SALMAN RUSHDIE. (Smiles).

(Fade out).

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